No Clams Clam Chowder

If you don’t mind the taste of clams but the texture is a definite turn off, then this recipe is for you.

1 lb. bacon, diced
1/4 lb. ham
2 c. chopped onion
2 c. diced celery
2 c. diced carrots
4 c. diced potatoes
2 c. diced cooked chicken or turkey meat
4 c. chicken broth
2 bottles clam juice (or 2 can clams with juice if you don’t mind the texture)

1 can whole kernel corn
salt to taste
freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
4 c. milk
3/4 c. flour
4 c. shredded cheese, cheddar or jack
1/2 pt. whipping cream, not whipped
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In large skillet saute bacon, ham, onions, and celery until bacon is crisp and onions and celery are limp. Add salt and pepper. Put contents of skillet along with potatoes, carrots, chicken, broth, clam juice, and corn into crockpot, cover, and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or HIGH 3 to 4 hours.

Whisk flour into milk, and add to pot along with cheese, whipping cream, and parsley and cook one more hour on HIGH.

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